Tag: hip hop

‘How Will Art Sit in Other People’s Hearts?’: Aloe Blacc, Arisha Hatch and Kierna Mayo Break Down How Art Transforms Our Lives at The Root Institute

Art is the cornerstone of most societies. The art often reflects the times the artist lived in and/or the systems in place at that particular time. To that end, art can be used in a transformative manner to effect change or as a piece of propaganda to sell a message or a viewpoint to masses. […]

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Replay, Revisit, Reject: Samples, Sangers, and Social Justice Are Ruling My Headphones This Week

Tiwa Savage, Drake and Lecrae are some of the artists who released new music this weekend, but were their tracks any good?Photo: Carlos Alvarez (Getty Images), John Phillips (Getty Images), David Livingston (Getty Images) We get it: With everything going on in the world, it can be difficult to carve out time to discover new […]

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Grammy-Winning Producer Noel ‘Detail’ Fisher Arrested on Multiple Sexual Assault Charges

Record producer Noel “Detail” Fisher attends the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Saban Theatre on August 28, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.Photo: Frazer Harrison (Getty Images) Is #MeToo finally doubling back to hip-hop? Perhaps, especially since this week has been filled with public allegations. On Sunday, R&B vocalist Jaguar Wright (best known for 2002’s Denials, […]

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A Civil Lawsuit Filed in Los Angeles Accuses Migos’ Takeoff of Rape

Takeoff of Migos performs at the 7th Annual BET Experience at L.A. Live Presented by Coca-Cola on June 22, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif.Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images) Migos member Takeoff has been accused of nonconsensual “forceful sexual intercourse,’ according to a civil lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday. A woman identified only as […]

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Talib Kweli’s Harassment Campaign Shows How Unprotected Black Women Are Online and Off

In late July, rapper Talib Kweli posted a lengthy message to his Instagram account, announcing that after 11 years, he was finally leaving Twitter. “I have officially left @twitter for the greener pastures of @patreon which is membership fee based,” Kweli wrote. “Now most of my exchanges will always be with real fans who invest […]

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Time to Twerk: Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B Team Up for New Collaboration

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images), Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images) Although clubs are closed for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean we can’t shake a lil’ sum’n in the comfort of our own homes. This Friday, the girls may be getting the summer banger they’ve been craving in order to turn […]

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Rapper Malik B., Founding Member of The Roots, Dead at 47

Screenshot: YouTube/Noisey (Other) As a superfan of the hip-hop group The Roots, I will always contend that “Water,” a raw and vulnerable tale of addiction and friendship. is the best song they ever made, and—along with Kendrick Lamar’s “Duckworth”—one of the greatest examples of hip-hop storytelling ever. Advertisement Malik B., the talented rapper, longtime member […]

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Drake Has More Slaps Than Madonna, Holds the Record for the Most Top 10 Hits in Billboard Chart History

Photo: CHRIS DELMAS/AFP (Getty Images) As of today, Drake has surpassed Madonna for the record for the most Billboard Top 10 singles in the chart’s 62-year history. This means he has just as many Billboard Top 10 singles as he has bad tattoos. Advertisement Thanks to the musician’s features on DJ Khaled’s latest songs—the self-aware […]

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Megan Thee Stallion Opens Up About Traumatic Shooting Incident: ‘The Worst Experience of My Life’

Photo: Tommaso Boddi (Getty Images) In an emotional Instagram Live on Monday, Megan Thee Stallion spoke at length about the July 12th shooting that landed her in the hospital, calling the incident “the worst experience of my life.” Advertisement According to Megan, she was shot in both feet, which required surgery to get the bullets […]

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Salt-N-Pepa Reveal Tupac Was Edited Out of the ‘Whatta Man’ Video Because of His Reputation: ‘You Can’t Fight the Record Company’

Photo: Dia Dipasupil (Getty Images) Do me a solid and go watch Salt-N-Pepa’s 1994 music video for “Whatta Man.” Around the 1:07 mark, Salt is getting loved on by a faceless gentleman. That faceless gentleman just so happens to be the late Tupac Shakur. Surprise! He appears around the 3:16 mark as well. During an […]

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Nicki Minaj Announces She Is Expecting a Baby Barb of Her Own

Photo: Dominik Bindl (Getty Images) Congrats are in order for Nicki Minaj. The rap superstar announced via Instagram that she is pregnant with her first child. Each of the three announcement photos features the Head Barb In Charge cradling her growing stomach. In two photos, she is wearing a floral bra top and a bright […]

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Is T.I.’s Rap Career On The Same Level as Jay Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne? A Discussion

Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images) On the heels of a social media back and forth between T.I. and 50 Cent about who would win in a Verzuz battle—probably a more even matchup than either of them wants to admit; neither has made much music worth listening to in the past decade—T.I. went on Big Boy’s […]

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Four Charged With Murder in Death of Rapper Pop Smoke, Could Face Death Penalty

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain (Getty Images) Four people have been charged with murder in the shooting death of burgeoning Brooklyn rapper, Pop Smoke (born Bashar Jackson). Last week, five suspects were arrested in connection with the case. The 20-year-old was killed during a home invasion in Los Angeles in February. Prosecutors say that the attackers […]

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YG Says He Won’t Work With Nicki Minaj After Her Tekashi 6ix9ine Collab: ‘My Feelings Was Hurt’

Photo: Rich Fury (Getty Images) The richest, most beautiful feature of a phrase like “I’m cool,” or “I’m good” is how many different meanings it holds. It can be literal—yes, sure, shit’s fine over here—or it can mean “shit is certainly, 100 percent not fine,” “this conversation is done,” “or “stay over there.” Advertisement Needless […]

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